Infierno en el Ring card announced to yawns, eye rolls, general disinterest

CMLL (FRI) 11/28/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Disturbio & Metálico b Oro Jr. & Star Jr.
Star Jr. replaced Starman on Monday.
2) Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit
Dalys missed the bodybuilding contest on doctor’s orders but was back here. Estrellita was taken from the match in the second fall after being injuring her back on a Dalys piledriver.
3) Euforia, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Felino DQ Rey Bucanero [lightning]
Bucanero attacked Zacarias and Felino hit Bucanero with the toliet lid for the DQ. Everyone (but Porky) ran out to get involved, transitioning right into the next match.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky
Super Porky was last out and Felino and Bucanero needed help leaving it after the last match. Maximo was mentioned live as being hurt by Vanglleys but there’s nothing in the recap about it.
6) Terrible, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Terrible sneaking in a foul on Volador to set up a UG win.

Ultimo Guerrero says he’ll be the first one out of the cage match because he has no interest in it with Rush out of the match. Join the club. (Way to sell the show.) I used to think the stuff with the Invasors in 2011 (killing them dead so they could get Olimpico a payday, then sacrificing Negro Casas to build to a Rey Bucanero/Charly Manson match that never happens because Charly didn’t want to be there) was the weakest stretch of recent CMLL booking but this build is knocking on it’s door.

this paragraph is spoiler-y for Lucha Underground: Next week’s Lucha Underground episode is The Key, about the weird key Dario always has. I previewed it last night. The show after that, the one that airs on December 10th, is called “The Top of the Ladder” and hypes a Puma/Mundo/Big Ryck ladder match. That’s makes sense given where those characters were this past week. It doesn’t make sense given the taping order; the next show in order would’ve been the first taping from 10/04, which didn’t have a a ladder match. The ladder match was hyped for that weekend and must’ve taken place on the second taping (which we have no results from), but that also means they’re airing the second taping first for whatever reason. This is mostly meaningless, but if you’re looking at my guides to figure out what is airing when, you may be a bit off. (And if you’re the LuchaWorld guys, because the cool match you saw won’t air until 12/17 at least.)

Negro Navarro & Que Monito vs Black Terry & Zacarias has been added to the 12/21 Lucha Memes show, where the mascot must be involved in the winning submission or pinfall for it to count.

Segunda Caida reviews Guerrero Maya Jr. & Hechicero vs Trauma I & II, Lucha Underground Episode 5, the Mistico turn from 2010.

Video of La Sombra’s match from yesterday teaming with Naito against Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows (who apparently had too much fun celebrating this one.) Sombra had a non-tournament trios win today.

Yoruba promo for today’s CaraLucha show.

DJ Spectro writes about a Huracan Ramirez vs El Solitario vs some other guy triangle mask match. Guess who lost.


CMLL (FRI) 12/05/2014 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Tritón vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Vangellys
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Thunder
5) Marco Corleone vs Último Guerrero, Volador Jr., Terrible, Shocker, Bárbaro Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Máximo, Felino, Blue Panther [cage, hair]

Just a cage match. Nothing else on the card. Even the trios matches don’t look good. The segunda might be, but it’s also a match they might do on any other show so there’s no urgency. This card is so bad that it’s almost like an experiment to determine a baseline attendance number for a CMLL cage match. There’s no hot feuds in the cage matches. There’s no hot luchadors in the match – they’re booking Ultimo Guerrero as if he’s an attraction but the turnouts don’t seem to have shown that. There’s no support matches of any kind. There’s token TV promotion (with spots which look about 20 years behind the stuff AAA and WWE are doing.) Ticket prices are as expensive as you’d figure for a ‘major’ show, running from 180 up to 830 MX ($13 to $59). There’s nothing going for this show outside of the cage so we find out how much that cage is worth.

Video promo for the show.

11/28 AAA TV Results (DF)

AAA TV (FRI) 11/28/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA]
1) Bengala, Drago, Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
10:47. Dark match? Nino Hamburguesa/Bengala piggy back top rope splash on Pirata & Eterno.
2) Faby Apache & Ivelisse b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie
10:33. Ivelisse was introduced last by Faby Apache as a new AAA tecnica. Taya struggled in this match. Tirantes went down, Ivelisse has Sexy beat with an exploder, and Piero ran in to count the pin. The two teams continued to brawl after the match and had to be pulled apart.
3) Mini Charly Manson & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Dinastía
Ref is Maya, who worked slightly heel as in Leon. Lots of mask ripping between Super Fly and Aerostar. Super Fly limped around after taking a big salida de bandera. Aerostar got dropped hard on the two powerbombs to finish it. Super Fly was ripping up Aerostar’s gear even as he was pinning him, came off as if the pinfall was maybe not supposed to be at that moment. Super Fly said the same would happen in Zapopan. Rudos left the tecnicos laying.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
7:28. brawl, and not awlays a clean one. Chessman was done after the match, and the doctor was out (really immediately after 3, sooner than any help could’ve been called.) the doctor didn’t help Chessman quick enough and the rudos attacked him.
5) Fénix & Myzteziz b Pentagón Jr. & Zema Ion
9:07. Spanish Fly on Zema Ion after a good match. Joe Lider ran in thru the crowd after the match to beat up the tecnicos. Rudos said they’d win the tag titles at GdT, tecnicos recovered to say the same, everyone pretty much pretended Angelico & Jack didn’t exist.
6) Texano Jr. b El Patrón Alberto [street]
18:00. Perros (without Lider, so he was a surprise later on) came out to the ring after the third match and said pretty much nothing of note. Perro was Texano’s second. (The ex-)Ricardo Rodriguez debuted as Alberto’s ring announcer, same as in WWE. Both guys wore street clothes for the fight. Hijo de Tirantes is referee. Ricardo left before the match and Alberto has to fight off Perro and Tirantes while dealing with Texano. Alberto kicked out of a powerbomb thru the table and a belt shot before Perro came in the ring to help stomp him more. Ricardo made the save (or tried to, slipping in dress shoes) and eventualy took Texano with a dive. Alberto got the best of Perro and got the Rompe Destinos armbar on Texano, but Texano escaped, fouled him and beat Alberto again (much like Guerra de Titanes.) Texano said he’d still be champ after Guerra de Titanes. Alberto disagreed, then cleaned house on the tencios. Pentagon and Joe Lider ran in so they could get beat up too.

Air Date: 12/06, 12/13 and, uh, last night. We’ll circle back to that.

Ivelisse debuted as the mystery woman, which was the most likely outcome. She and Sexy Star are basically playing the opposite roles here as they do in Lucha Underground. They’re meant to be different universes, which won’t be changing soon, but I still have this feeling that they’ll end up switching sides in Lucha Underground before long.

Dr. Lucha had been saying that AAA was attempting to bring over a woman from CMLL for this spot. If that’s the case, it went how it usually goes, but might mean Ivelisse was not who was originally in mind for that spot. This doesn’t seem like great news for Jennifer Blake, who’s now the third most important tecnica (a mostly non TV spot in AAA; think La Jarochita) and the third most important foreign woman (in a company that’s tended to only employ two.) Jennifer got really good this year and now looks to be on the fringes.

The only thing I could figure out about the Perros speech is they were trying to get the crowd to boo him when he came out later. Crowd was really into Alberto at any rate. Texano got the win in almost exactly the same fashion as Heroes Inmortales, but it was also made clear that Perro vs Alberto is the much bigger feud and Texano’s just an obstacle to that. Still, Texano winning all these times and then just losing once at Guerra de Titanes doesn’t seem like a feud ender (but a rematch at Rey de Reyes would mean pausing the Alberto/Perro feud for three more months, it’s an issue problem.)

Last two matches were the best two. Opener was fun too. AAA mentioned it in their recap so there’s a good chance it’ll air on TV (and that this is a two week taping.) 2 & 3 were more build up matches for Guerra de Titanes than good matches on this show. Not that I’m sure Psycho Circus/Hell Brothers is ever really going to be good (but at least it’s over.) Taya should destroy all recordings of the women’s match.

The big news was this show streamed live on (and was still available there at last check.) Internet.TV, a streaming sports video site, is owned by the same people who own the AYM and LAS cable networks. (Commercials starting our amiga Elisa are shown on those channels about 10 times an hour.) It’s been going for at least a year as a paysite and regularly transmits baseball games from Mexico and Puerto Rico among various other sports. They have various subscription models, where you could get everything the offer or just a certain league, and they have prepaid subscription cards at OXXOs and other convenient stores if you don’t use credit. A lot of the AYM/LAS onscreen seems a little shaky, but it  appears they have a better handle on the internet stuff. There’s just no way of telling how many people actually use it and what load it can handle.

Until last night, I guess. Not a lot of people knew this stream was happening: I found out about 3 hours by the show and AAA announced it about 30 minutes before the 9pm listed start time. My hunch is AAA was a little concerned about hurting walk up ticket sales by announcing the show as free. (They’re now claiming a sell out.) I’m also assuming AAA didn’t want to hype this up and deal with people complaining to them about a failed stream again. This was almost AAA doing an internal test run but letting people diehard/random enough to be around late on a Friday night look in on it.

It seemed to go okay. There was some buffering issues when everyone was jumping on at the beginning, which resulted in some people being minutes behind until they manually refreshed it. The buffering circle popped up a couple times for me during Ivelisse’s entrance but otherwise never came back. I watched it at the middle quality to play it safe but others were having it on high and having no issues. I’d guess no more people saw this than a typical Sunday afternoon Terra show – and so far less than an AAA major show – but the stream seemed to pass the test.

AAA had said, many months ago, that they’d like to air Guerra de Titanes on iPPV. (They were hopeful but not definite about doing the same for Heroes Inmortales, and that didn’t take place.) It’s only 8 days away and there’s been no announcement to of an iPPV, but this looks like an obvious trial to see if they could that iPPV successful. The big difference is this is in Mexico City and Guerra de Titanes is in Zapopan, but even may not be so big. Again, the people are a TV company, so they’re probably beaming the signal via their existing TV equipment to a central (DF?) headquarters and streaming out there; being in Jalisco wouldn’t seem to matter for this any more than the non-Mexico City baseball games they already cover. AAA might again wait to the last minute to announce anything about a stream for the same reasons as this, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it next Sunday.

AAA travels to Tuxtla Gutirrez for a taping on Sunday with Pentagon & Joe Lider vs Myzteziz & Fenix on top. That reminds me of another takeaway from this show: Texano beating Alberto would not be the biggest upset at Guerra de Titanes. The completely dismissed Angelico & Jack Evans actually keeping the tag titles would be.

11/29-30 lucha times


It appears the Leyenda Inmortales show is airing on Teleformula in Mexico but not in the US. I have no idea why this would be.

== AAA ==

Leon part 2: Perro/Texano vs Mesias/Alberto and some grab bag random stuff. Not sure if the Ludxor/Venum vs Apache/Carta match will actually air.

== Lucha Underground ==

“The Key”
“Big Ryck signs Cueto’s contract; Son of Havoc calls on Simpinela Escarlata; Johnny Mundo steals Cueto’s key as insurance; Sexy Star and Fenix team up against Chavo Guerrero and Pentagon Jr.”

Yes, they spell Pimpinela’s name wrong in the preview. There’s also a Drago/Cuerno match and a Mil Muertes squash.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Atlantis, Valiente, Volador vs Euforia, Thunder, UG again. Angel de Oro vs Mephsito may be the best chance for a good match.

Azteca: An OK cibernetico and Marco Ingobernable

52MX: Guerreros vs Atlantis & Dorada

Claro: Dragon Rojo, Mascara Dorada, Volador vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja

C3: Reyes del Atlantida vs Cavernario, hechiceor, Mephisto. This looks like the best show of the year.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): actually listed on the schedule this Wednesday, the same time as Lucha Underground. There’s a non-zero chance I’ll forget about this and no clue what will air.

Terra Sunday: Volador vs Mephisto.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: reruns

IWRG (LAS/AYM): probably not airing